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News Nosh 11.19.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday November 19, 2018

 
Exchange of the day:
Negotiation specialist, Michael Tsur: "Negotiation takes place in the mind of your partner. In other words, until you understand how [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah’s mind works, you won’t know what to do."
Interviewer: And if we’re dealing with Nasrallah?
Michael Tsur: “It doesn’t matter how dangerous I am perceived to be in your eyes. First of all make your request nicely, in a way that respects the addressee. For example, at [West Bank] border crossings I’ve been imploring soldiers for years not to say, in Arabic, ‘Hand over your ID card.’ Why not say, ‘Give me your ID card, please’?”
Interviewer: Would that approach at least move us toward peace negotiations?
Negotiation specialist, Michael Tsur: “I want to say that under the right leadership, it would take half a year, and we would have coexistence here. I won’t say peace, because that’s a terribly dangerous word, almost like love.”*
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News Nosh 11.18.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday November 18, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"...settlement building in East Jerusalem: where national parks are valued not as pastoral picnic settings, but as tools, by which the state transfers to a private right-wing organization the power to manage and develop public tourist, archaeological and educational projects."
-Betty Herschman, Ir Amim's Director of International Relations & Advocacy, explains that Amendment 17, the settler-supported "Planning for Housing in an Existing Neighborhood in a National Park" bill, which only applies to the national park that Israel declared in the E. Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, is meant to permit the construction of settler homes and push out the Palestinians living there.*
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News Nosh 11.14.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 14, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"I hope that this war will stop. My father has Jewish friends and he was in good contact with everyone, we do not want others to go through what we've been through. It is very painful.”
--One of the children of Mahmoud Abu Asbah, a Palestinian construction contractor who was killed Monday night when a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip hit a building in Israel where he stayed during the week.*


Breaking News:
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Resigns, Urges Early Elections (Haaretz, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
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News Nosh 11.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Quote of the day:
"Each side tries to convince itself that it is deterring the other side, and vice versa. Hamas is starving, with its back to the wall, receiving $15 million protection money in cash via Israel, happy with itself and then wakes up the next morning to find a Zionist gang in its backyard. 'These Jews are crazy,' Hamas politburo chief Yahya Sinwar and his men say to themselves. 'They discount us. There is no choice, they have to be deterred.' They bury their dead and shoot an anti-tank missile on a bus of soldiers and 200 rockets into (Israeli) towns.
"Israel is the same, just the opposite. 'We only just gave them money, and they are already shooting at us,' the Israelis say, raising the stakes. Because everyone in this story deters everyone, so no one is deterred from anything."

--Maariv's political commentator Ben Caspit writes a fascinating piece in today's paper (fully translated below).*
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News Nosh 11.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, November 12, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
“I don’t regret torching the school. I regret that I sat in prison, but I paid the price.”
--Racist arsonist Yitzhak Gabai, who sat in jail for three years for setting part of the Jewish-Arab Yad Be-Yad school on fire, declared cheerfully in an interview on the right-wing Channel 20 station. His interviewer, Boaz Golan, chuckled.*

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News Nosh: 11.8.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday November 8, 2018

 
You Must Be Kidding: 
A day before the opening of a Jewish-Arab cultural festival in Haifa, a government ministry informed the municipality that it was withdrawing state funding for the event.*
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News Nosh: 11.7.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 7, 2018
 
Quotes of the Day:
--"Loyalty in culture is an oxymoron, like 'thundering silence.'”
--“Culture means a free imagination and beauty, and a plethora of voices of courage and honest and open challenges that don’t simply adapt to the government."
--“Give us obedient attorney generals, artists who are eunuchs, a reined-in media, and a disciplined and educated people whose thinking is uniform." 
--“These are not simple days and they are bringing us not only new laws, but also new words like loyalty, governability and more. This (they’re-all-against-me) dialogue offends and scars our shared culture, labeling and branding — who is for us and who is against us. Because if someone is loyal, the other must be a traitor."

--Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber spoke against the government's Loyalty in Culture Law at a Knesset Committee Tuesday.*
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News Nosh: 11.6.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday November 6, 2018

 

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Bull."
— What Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the occupation.**

“Half a man.”
--What Likud MK Oren Hazan called wheelchair-bound Meretz MK Ilan Gilon in the Knesset plenum, sparking fury and calls for Hazan’s removal.**
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News Nosh: 11.5.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday November 5, 2018

 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"(Yitzhak) Rabin's assassination has no historical influence."
—Statement made by Speaker of Knesset (Likud) MK Yuli Edelstein.*

Quote of the day:
“Not only did the violence influence, but it has completely changed the face of history, and it is fitting to internalize this as part of the required reform that we are all committed to.”
MK Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Camp) responded to Edelstein's above remark.*
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News Nosh: 11.1.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday November 1, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
“If Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte supports Israel, why should we care he admitted killing citizens with his bare hands? Does it matter Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro—who is an avid admirer of military dictatorship—threatens to kill left-wing activists, if he says he plans to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem?”
—Yedioth commentator Nadav Eyal asks whether israel should have moral or liberal considerations when foreign relations are concerned.

Quote of the Day #2:
“Look me in the eyes and tell me why, in this country, Yigal Amir can become a father and I can’t?”
—With tears in his eyes, homosexual MK Itsik Shmuli (Zionist Camp) asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a Knesset debate on changing the Surrogacy Law.
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